Neighbours' row over house extension draws on

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014
Peter Melodys house

The co-owner of New Plymouth's Pak'N Save supermarket, Peter Melody, has applied to significantly extend his three-bedroom seaside property

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The battle continues between a New Plymouth supermarket mogul and neighbours over extension proposals to his three-bedroom seaside property.

A second hearing was held yesterday between Pak 'n Save co-owner Peter Melody and wife, Deb, with affected neighbours Peter Kirby, via a video link in Saudi Arabia, and Stephen Dombroski, before commissioner Bill Wasley.

The Melodys are proposing extensions to their house in Richmond St, Fitzroy.

Kirby's property, currently rented out, is beside the Melodys', while the Dombroskis are across the road.

Both neighbours were concerned the extensions would have a detrimental effect on their properties, blocking precious seaviews.

In yesterday's hearing, Mr Kirby said he was very passionate about his property's "broad and spectacular views", which he was not prepared to give up.

Kirby also said the applicants already enjoyed "expansive views in all directions".

He said his property's first-floor deck, dining and lounge area were the home's main living-recreational areas and the property was designed to "maximise views" from these locations.

Kirby has no objections to losing existing views from his ground floor.

Dombroski said they presently had about 7 kilometres of "open and unobstructed" view of Port Taranaki and the reserve.

"The proposed extension will reduce this to 35 metres and will remove 85 per cent of our viewshaft on our Richmond St deck and 60 per cent from our front deck, which we purposely built on to take in the beautiful seascape outlook," Dombroski said.

A report by the district council on November 19 said the effects suffered would be minimal.

Dombroski said losing about 85 per cent of his view was not minimal.

"We absolutely disagree as would any sane person," he said.

"It also begs the question of what constitutes a major adverse effect."

He believed a compromise by all parties was the solution.

Melody said the renovation's objectives were to construct a "very robust" coastal property with a more traditional design and a "fit the environment and Taranaki" feel.

It was also about creating a family home for the couple's five children and also a property they could "envisage living in" for the next 20 years.

Melody said the couple were family focused and it was important to create spaces that would enhance their family life.

He also believed appropriate concessions had been made along the way with consideration to privacy and view and all alternatives considered.

"But we do not feel we should be further constrained in achieving our goals for the sake of minor view change," Melody said.

Wasley will today visit Kirby and Dombroski's homes for an independent inspection to ascertain the extent of the potential damage.

A decision would be made within 10 working days.

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